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Headstock: Horizontal 'The Gibson' logo, backward-facing banjo tuners

Neck/fingerboard: 20 fret fingerboard with pointed end, dot inlays start at the third fret

Body: Maple back with maple sides

Hardware: Gold plated metal parts and wrap-over tailpiece and short pickguard


"This guitar is in my personal collection. The banjo pegs are original and are a feature done only for a few months. This instrument is virtually identical to Maybelle Carter’s guitar, with the exception that this one is fully original while her guitar was considerably reworked over the years. Early photos of Maybelle with her L-5 show it with banjo pegs." George Gruhn


In the personal collection of George Gruhn. Photograph courtesy of George Gruhn and William A. Ritter of Gruhn Guitars (




GRUHN L-5 FON 85437 GRUHN L-5 FON 85437 BACK

Year shipped: 1930

Serial Number: 85437

FON: 9418